Reel Change Series


A spotlight on current social justice issues.

This series highlights films that use the medium to broaden and deepen perspective on issues like poverty, racism, immigration, gender inequality and climate change. Although we consider the impact of all of the films we program, these films in particular shine for raising awareness (The Silence of Others), sharing a new approach to persistent problems (Mountainfilm on TourThe Biggest Little Farm) and celebrating the work of visionaries and activists committed to building a better world (Official SecretsToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am).

One of the main goals of this series is to break down stereotypes and build empathy toward people whose stories are too often overlooked. In The Farewell, director Lulu Wang draws on her own experience to craft a bittersweet dramedy about an Asian American woman (Awkwafina) at odds with her traditional family's attitude toward death. Exploring questions related to privilege and bias, the provocative psychological drama Luce centers on a star student adopted from war-torn Eritrea who comes into conflict with his teacher (Octavia Spencer), who expects him to conform to certain expectations of high-achieving black students. And feel-good indie The Peanut Butter Falcon offers a rare chance to see a Down Syndrome actor play the leading man—Zach Gottsagan is a natural comedian and has terrific chemistry with co-star Shia LaBoeuf in this rambling Mark Twain-style adventure.

As we select movies for the Hop, we are highly conscious of the effect these films have on the culture at large and the potential for cinema to be used to guessed it... #ReelChange. We hope these choices give you a new window into the issues you care about and start a conversation in our community about the kind of world we'd like to live in, where everyone can be treated with dignity—on screen and off!